Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ecovillages Environmental Study Program

Living Routes Ecovillages environmental study program brings education to life by creating learning opportunities in ecological communities all around the world. Ecovillages moves beyond theory and exposes students to real-world issues including sustainable development and green building.

Ecovillages are communities with the goal of becoming more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. The Ecovillages environmental program includes study in places like Peru, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Israel, India, Scotland and Australia.

The Ecovillages program exposes students to real world solutions to real world issues in real time as they unfold on the ground. Students that enroll in the Ecovillages program can earn college credit from the University of Massachusetts Amherst through their study abroad program.

Through academic and experiential coursework, environmental community service learning, and cultural excursions, students develop the understanding, skills and commitment to embark on careers that are destined to make a difference.

Ecovillages is an innovative program that puts students on the front lines of implementing solutions to global climate change.


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The Green Business League Sustainability Officer Training

The Green Business League provides training to become a sustainability officer. Known as the GBL Certified Sustainability Officer™ training, the program covers everything from the fundamentals to the creation of a sustainability plan.

Although the program is available through live classes in select locations, it is also available online, and uses video training, PowerPoint illustrations, and downloadable text.

A Certified Sustainability Officer™ is trained to do a basic assessment of the company's operations, compose a sustainability policy and plan, and to assist the company in achieving its Green business certification.

The Green Business League has been the leader in Green business certification for nearly a decade. Their sustainable officer training program places a strong emphasis on efficiencies and smart applications that will cut costs, improve operations, and maximize the resources. Beyond greater efficiency and lower costs, a sustainability plan improves a business and increases its market appeal.

The GBL Sustainability Officer training instructs participants on how to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan that plan can be tailored to any company. An in-house officer can also maintain a work schedule while enrolled in the online program.

The program is ideal for business owners who want to look into Green business certification. It is also well suited to green officers and other business people. Unemployed business people can gain expertise that will add value to their resume and job prospects.

To learn more, visit The Sustainable Forum.


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How to Become a Sustainability Officer

There are four basic requirements for those seeking to become a sustainability officer: Relevant education, related work, leadership experience, and communication skills.

Beyond a keen interest in the environment, a sustainability officer should also be adept at working in teams.

The first requirement to become a sustainability officer is to complete a post-secondary education program in environmental studies or sustainability at an accredited university or college.

The second requirement for a sustainability officer is work experience. Although related work experience is important, it could include something as accessible as volunteer work with an environmental organization.

The third requirement to become a sustainability officer is leadership. Because leadership skills are transferable, they need not be acquired in an experience associated with sustainable environmental initiatives.

The fourth requirement to become a sustainability officer is being an effective communicator. Presentation, written and verbal skills are essential attributes. Ideally, people considering a career in the field will have experience in communications that involves writing releases or newsletters, or organizing information campaigns.

Ongoing education is vital to keeping up on best practices as well as networking amongst sustainable professionals to keep abreast of the newest developments.


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

AASHE Survey of Sustainability Positions in Higher Education

Here is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) list of environmentally oriented positions and job descriptions in North American colleges and Universities.

Sustainability Coordinators and Officers

Antioch University New England - Assistant to the President for Sustainability & Social Justice
Berea College - Sustainability Coordinator
Bowdoin College - Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin
California State University, Chico - Sustainability Coordinator
Century College - Biology Faculty, Co-Chair of Climate Committee, part-time Sustainability Coordinator
Champlain College - Sustainability Coordinator
City College of New York, CUNY - Sustainability Coordinator
College of Lake County - Sustainability Coordinator
Concordia University - Sustainability Coordinator
Cornell University - Sustainability Coordinator
Dartmouth College - Sustainability Coordinator
Dawson College - Project Development - Sustainability
Denison University - Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Duke University - Sustainability Coordinator
Emory University - Director of Sustainability Initiatives
Green Mountain College - Service Learning Sustainability Coordinator
Humboldt State University - Sustainability Coordinator
Indiana University Director of Sustainability
Kankakee Community College
Dean of Sustainability and Planning
Sustainability Center Coordinator
Kent State University - Manager, Sustainability
Loyola Marymount University - Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Deputy Director, Sustainability Program
Medical University of South Carolina - Sustainability Manager
Middlebury College - Director Sustainability Integration Office
Muhlenberg College - Sustainability Coordinator
New York University - Manager, Sustainability Initiatives
Northland College - Campus Sustainability Coordinator/ Environmental Educator
Ohio State University - Sustainability Coordinator
Oregon State University - Sustainability Coordinator
Penn State University - Manager of Sustainability Programs
Princeton University - Sustainability Manager
Portland State University - Sustainability Coordinator
Rice University - Director of Sustainability
Santa Clara University - Sustainability Coordinator
Seattle University - Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Sir Sandford Fleming College - Sustainability Projects Coordinator
St. Lawrence University - Coordinator of Sustainability Projects
Sterling College - Sustainability Coordinator
Suffolk University - Special Projects Coordinator for Campus Sustainability
Transylvania University - Sustainability Coordinator
Unity College - Sustainability Coordinator
University of Arkansas - Director for Campus Sustainability
University of British Columbia - Director, Sustainability
University of California, Berkeley - Director of Campus Sustainability
University of California, Los Angeles - Sustainability Coordinator
University of California, Santa Cruz - Sustainability Manager
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Sustainability Officer
University of Dayton - Environmental Sustainability Manager
University of Kentucky - Sustainability Coordinator
University of Louisville - Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - Sustainability Coordinator
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Sustainability Coordinator
University of Missouri - Student Sustainability Coordinator
University of Minnesota Duluth - Campus Sustainability Coordinator
University of Prince Edward Island - Director of Environmental Studies and Sustainability
University of Toronto -Sustainability Coordinator
University of Toronto at Mississauga - Sustainability Coordinator
University of Utah Sustainability Coordinator Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund
University of Victoria - Sustainability Coordinator
University of Washington - HFS Capital Planning and Sustainability Manager
Virginia Commonwealth University - Director of Sustainability
Western Washington University - Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Wilfrid Laurier University - Sustainability Coordinator
Yale University - Director, Office of Sustainability

Communications

College of Menominee Nation - Communications/Projects Specialist
Medical University of South Carolina - Sustainability Communications Coordinator

Environmental Officers

American University - Environmental Coordinator
Concordia University - Environment/R4 Coordinator
University of Calgary - Environmental Management System Specialist
University of Connecticut - Director, Environmental Policy
University of Tennessee - Environmental Coordinator
University of Toronto - Environmental Project Manager
University of Vermont - Environmental Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
Washington State University - Environmental Wellbeing Coordinator
Green Building
Harvard University - HGCI Program Assistant, High Performance Building Service
University of Vermont - Green Building Coordinator

Recycling & Operations

Harvard University - Associate Manager, Recycling and Waste Services
Medical University of South Carolina - Recycling Operations Manager
Unity College - Waste/Recycling Technician
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Solid Waste Program Manager
University of Oregon - Campus Operations Environmental Resource & Recycling Manager
University of Rhode Island - Recycling Coordinator
University of Victoria - Waste Reduction Coordinator
University of Wyoming - Waste Stream Management Supervisor

Other

Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College - Director of the Earth Ethics Institute
Everett Community College - Admin Service / Resource Conservation Manager
Harvard University - Occupant Engagement Manager
Loyola University Chicago - CUERP Coordinator
Valencia Community College - Energy Conservation Manager

See AASHE for resources aimed at helping campuses establish these types of positions as well as strengthening and supporting existing campus positions.

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The Growth of Green School Sustainability Officers

Increasingly colleges and universities are including staff positions devoted to advancing sustainability on campus. The individuals that occupy these positions are sometimes referred to as Sustainable Coordinators or College Sustainability Officers.

A school sustainability officer is someone who is responsible for coordination, management, and administration of the school's environmental programs. In its simplest essence, this implies reducing the usage of non-renewable resources and better management of existing resources.

College Sustainability Officers are similar to the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in the corporate world. Other job titles for environmentally oriented postions include:

Director of Sustainability
Environmental Policy Manager
Director of Environment, Energy, & Safety
Director of Social & Environmental Responsibility
Chief Officer of Environment
Social & Environmental Sustainability Manager
Chief of EHS
Chief Green Officer (CGO)
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

A CSO is an executive position within a corporation that is in charge of the corporation's environmental programs. Starting in the 21st century, companies began creating such positions to formalize their commitment to the environment. As sustainability initiatives have expanded, so has the importance of the position to what is now a C-level executive role.

Examples of CSOs include Charlene Lake at AT&T, Paul Gilman at Covanta Energy, Linda Fischer at Dupont, Robyn Beavers at Google, Dr. Peter Graf at SAP, Barbara Kux at Siemens, Mike Kelly at YRC Worldwide and Ian Hill at Openreach. In September 2010, General Mills appointed Jerry Lynch as their new CSO, and AECOM named Gary Lawrence as the firm's Vice President and CSO.

As of 2005, nearly all of the 150 largest companies in the world had a sustainability officer with the rank of vice president or higher, and numerous MBA programs had incorporated sustainability training.

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, there are now 88 permanent sustainable positions in colleges and universities in North America and this number is growing each year.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

IMD and WWF's Sustainable Business Program

The WWF's One Planet Leaders Program (OPL) is now being taught at Lausanne, Switzerland's IMD. The WWF and IMD's innovative training program drives sustainability into the core of business.

The program’s learning focus is on developing a winning business case and robust strategy for change, leading to sustainable practices which also deliver more profit to the company. The program is designed for leaders who operate at a strategic level and can drive change, and is also open to managers in business functions such as general management, R&D, procurement/supply, marketing and sales; and in sustainability functions.

Participants are part of a global network of peers and experts, and learn from an inspiring faculty which draws from the best of academia, NGOs and the private sector. The program began in fall 2010 and features three 3-day modules focused on strategy, change management and leadership in the sustainability context.

Participants work on their real-world sustainability challenges while being introduced to the complex issues and best practices in sustainability. Pre-, inter- and post-module support will help participants drive and sustain their sustainability change initiatives.

Companies will benefit by having their top managers drive innovation to build competitive advantage while solving some of the key sustainability challenges facing the planet.


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WWF's One Planet Leaders Program

The One Planet Leaders (OPL) program teaches sustainable business development. It was first launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, and since that time 200 business leaders have completed the course.

OPL originates from a series of workshops on sustainable business development run with WWF corporate partners. Today it includes an accredited Masters level Executive Education programme – available in Europe and Asia Pacific; three Modular Workshops – accessible as customized training in companies and in regions; a stand-alone Sustainability Master class; an active global Alumni Community; and a One Planet MBA under development.

The goal of OPL is to teach leaders how to manage the planet's limited resources as they build the global economy. Climate, security, food, health, justice and economic growth - these are big issues and the way we manage our environment is vital to all of them.

The private sector has a key role to play in reversing the trends of environmental degradation and social inequality, and is uniquely positioned to lead global solutions through new business models and innovation.

OPL is helping companies meet these challenges. It develops dynamic leaders who can integrate sustainability into all aspects of decision making and build a better more equitable society.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Green School Census

Although green schools are proliferating, determining the exact number depends on how you define green. An orthodox interpretation would suggest that a truly green school involves both green building certification and a sustainable curriculum.

Green building is a strong and growing trend, according to green building industry leader Jerry Yudelson, green building has continued to grow worldwide, even through the recession. With corporate America greening its real estate portfolio, it is estimated that 10 percent of all commercial construction starts are now green. The estimated value of green building construction has grown to $60 billion in 2010.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction and LEED certification. LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. Since 2000, USGBC membership has more than quadrupled to 19,957 member organizations and over 5 billion square feet of commercial building space.

While USGBC offers industry leading certification, it may not be the best way to assess the number of green schools. There are a number of schools that do not have LEED certification, but due to their sustainable curriculums, merit being counted as green.

Green curriculums are teaching the skills that will empower people to engage the environmental challenges we face. Sustainable programs are proliferating rapidly, according to a book by Bob Willard, The Next Sustainability Wave: Building Boardroom Buy-In, as of 2005 there were already numerous MBA programs that had integrated sustainability training. As of 2010 green MBAs can be found all across America.

An inclusive approach to assessing the number of green schools involves counting those schools that have made a public commitment to incorporating sustainability into their educational programs and operations. Around the world, there are more than 400 schools that have made a such a pledge.

In a 1990 document known as the Talloires Declaration, school administrators signed-on to a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach.

There are currently 419 signatories of the Talloires Declaration, 164 of these schools are located in the United States, with large concentrations in Canada, England, Brazil, and Australia.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Green Buildings Combat Climate Change

Green buildings offer a tremendously reduced environmental footprint compared to traditional buildings.

Buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions.

Buildings are huge consumers of raw materials, they account for 40% of the global raw materials demand or 3 billion tons annually.

US Buildings represent 38.9 percent of primary energy use and account for 38 percent of the country's CO2 emissions. US Buildings consume 13.6 percent of the nations potable water, or 15 trillion gallons per year.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that at least 136 million tons of building related construction and demolition debris are generated in the US each year.

The alternatives to traditional buildings offer major savings. LEED certified green buildings offer a 30 percent energy saving, 35 percent carbon saving, 30-50 percent water saving and a 50-90 percent waste saving.

When combined with long term cost savings, the significantly reduced enviromental impact makes green building the obvious choice.
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China Turns to International Community to Learn about Green Buildings

China is seeking to learn more about green buildings with the help of leading nations in the international community.

The Chinese government has pledged to speed up construction of green buildings. To accomplish this goal, the government has sought out the expertise of the international community.

Li Bingren, chief economist at the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, said, the government has signed a memorandum of understanding on green buildings with a number of other countries, including the US, France, Germany and Singapore.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has been holding seminars related to climate change and green building that has allowed Chinese officials to learn from the experience of foreign countries, Li added.

Although China still has a long way to go to catch up with international leaders in the realm of green building, they are moving in the right direction.
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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Development of Sustainable Education at South China Normal University

An international partnership is working with Chinese schools to advance sustainable education in China. South China Normal University (SCNU) is one of the leading pedagogical universities in Guangdong.

Educators in China, Japan, and the US are sharing best practices, developing sustainable curriculums and encouraging student involvement. SCNU is working with ISC, Local Ecological Activities Foundation for Children (LEAF) of Japan, and Shelburne Farms of the United States, to adapt cutting edge practices in sustainable development education to the Chinese context.

A series of local and international exchanges are connecting Chinese educators with teachers around the world exposing them to new methods and information. The best sustainable development education information will be adapted and incorporated into teacher training, curriculum development, resource guides and practical projects.

International efforts in support of universities like SCNU demonstrate how the transfer of knowledge is helping Chinese schools to develop sustainable education programs.
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